Determining the Amount of Gold in a Quartz Specimen
November 2004 by Chris RalphMany prospectors who find specimens of rich quartz with visible gold often wonder about the gold content of their specimens. Pieces with significant visible gold can sometimes be found at hard rock mines, by prospecting...
If you think all the vein gold near the surface has been dug up—think again! A weekend prospector recently came into the lab with a shoe-box full of samples that were from ten to fifty percent native crystalline gold on dirty white quartz.
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Before heading out to work the same old ground, or blindly seeking a previously unknown gold placer area to drywash or detect, maybe you would benefit from doing a little research.
Reservers and resources are very important to prospectors and miners, but they may be vague terms to some.
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